Filemaker goes mobile with FileMaker Go iOS 4 apps

Australian Macworld staff
20 July, 2010
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FileMaker has launched FileMaker Go apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that allow users to work remotely with their FileMaker Pro databases, and even copy them to any device running iOS 4.

Aimed mainly at mobile teams, the apps for iPhone and iPod touch ($23.99) and iPad ($47.99) provide access to databases created with FileMaker Pro and hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Pro.

The Apple subsidiary says FileMaker Go can access databases residing on a Mac or PC using a local wireless network or over the internet via Wi-Fi or 3G. All changes, it adds, are instantly updated in the hosted file.

FileMaker Go users can also copy databases between their Macs and FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes. Databases may also be downloaded by email, file sharing sites or the web.

“Imagine being able to check inventory levels, update the status of a project or add a new customer contact and share it with your remote sales team – just a few of the many workgroup tasks made easy with FileMaker Go for iPhone or iPad,” says FileMaker Asia Pacific regional manager Steve McManus. “We are genuinely excited about the ways FileMaker Go caters to mobile users who need remote interaction with their data.”

According to FileMaker, the new app makes it easy to add, modify, or delete data; find, sort and navigate through records; open new windows; and switch between layouts.

Among the FileMaker Pro features supported on FileMaker Go are Tab controls, Quick Find, Web Viewers, External SQL Data Sources, containers, portals and most scripts.

Richard Carlton, president of Richard Carlton Consulting, Inc, says he can see the apps being adopted by outside sales teams, housing inspectors, warehouse inventory managers and event planners, among others.

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